Ask yourself the following questions: Can the person receiving care manage checks, credit cards or cash? Does care recipient remember or understand meaning/value/significance of heirlooms/jewelry or other valuables?
If the answer is no, then all these subjects in question should not be left in the home. If cash must be left in the house in caregiver’s control, a record of expenditures must be kept. You should never give permission for caregivers to charge credit cards or write checks for the client.
If heirlooms, jewelry or other valuables must be left in the house, get an appraisal of all items and photograph all items.
Remember, bonded and insured caregivers can only be held 100% accountable if it can be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the item in question existed.